Riogordo, Málaga
+34 696 183309

Stylish Andalucian retreat surrounded by olive groves and almond trees. Casitas showcase a fiesta of glorious patterns, the food is superb


4 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

One of the hippest hotels to open in recent years, Fountainhead surveys Andalucía at its wildest – a mere 15 miles from Málaga. Sierra de Caramolos unfolds behind an unadulterated scene of olive groves and almond trees; the peace is incredible. A carob tree marks your entry onto the walled patio where a circular hole in the wall portals a covered walkway to your own casita, bordered by wild flowers and trim cacti. These four casitas – Indian, Sultan, Oriental, Arizona – have been conceived with zen-like lines that belie Helen’s fiesta of designer touches and glorious patterns. The fridge is packed full of goodies from manchego cheese to strawberries, while hot croissants and fresh bread are delivered to your door each morning. Architects by trade, your thoughtful hosts are keen on giving cosseted privacy, zealous about organics and your well-being. They now produce their own olive oil, vegetables, almonds and natural creams and soaps. Unsurprisingly, the food is excellent with staples of langoustine broth with lemon grass, and terrine of quail and chicken. Even the wheelbarrows are stylish.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Dinner €35-€40. Wine from €12.


Nightly price
from €225
4 Suites for 2
From €225



This is a find! So much so that I'm almost reluctant to review it! Fabulous covers it nicely! From the peace & quiet to the spa treatments it amazing. Food in a league of its own coupled with the host Peter's knowledge of Spanish wine! We will return

Ianthe, Drymen

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from The Owners

  • Come to relax in self-catering style knowing that you have 24 hour service if you need it and a small personal team on your doorstep who aim to make sure that you have an unforgettable stay.
  • Our suites - your place; private, relaxed, understated and romantic, each with their own private terrace, plunge pool and Mountain View, each fully equipped including a fabulously stocked fridge on arrival - a place to feel totally at home.
  • Sole use - more than a villa; bring your family and friends, have the place all to yourselves for that special event, we can fit in more or less up to 12 people with additional beds, enjoy all-inclusive meals and restaurant service.
  • Wander up to Fountainhead's restaurant where you will find a cozy lounge bar with log fires burning in the winter and in the summer a terrace over-looking the mountain sunsets where you can sip a cocktail before dinner.
  • Walk straight out along the many trails that lead across the hills and down to the river, stroll through olive and almond groves, explore the meandering valley amongst the citrus orchards and on to the village shaded by the tall eucalyptus trees
  • Go out for a drive along quiet roads to visit some of the region's famous white villages, there are plenty of places to stop for tapas overlooking the lake, the sea, the mountains or the natural park.